Trip Start Jun 01, 2010
158Trip End Mar 11, 2011
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After a late breakfast and checkout we boarded the ship. We were welcomed by our hosts; Charly, his wife and first mate Carolina and their 2 year old son, Valentin. Honestly, we did not expect a 2 year old kid to join us on our Honeymoon, but it turned out to be alright. The boy is very cute and its nice to see how Charley and Carolina raise him as a fearless captain. He is a very happy kid, laughing a lot and playing around with the boat ropes and lines.
It was the last charter of the season for the Crystal Clear. And the last charter has to be the best according to Charly. For us it ended up to be an adventure of a lifetime, and we will certainly come back to the BVI to do more sailing, and probably stay with Charly and Carolina at their Bed and Breakfast to catch up.
After showing us around the boat, a beautiful Taiwanese made Ketch, around 65 foot long, and decorated with fine wood work. My father would have loved this, as all of the woodwork is handcrafted and of immaculate quality, just as he does himself in his own boats. We were instructed with the ship rules, no sun screen on the plastic or the wood, no shoes on board, be very careful with the head (toilet), don't put any foreign objects in it. Your basic sailboat one-o-one.
We boarded just in time, as a big rainstorm passed over. Luckily we had our luggage on board and we were safe and dry, enjoying a glass of Champagne, and chatting with Charly and Carolina. The weather cleared up as quick as the sky turned black, and we headed out to the open sea. At first there was little to no wind, only 4 knots (about 8 KM/h), so we had to use the engine to get into more open waters. In the meantime lunch was served and we had some nice quiche made by Carolina. We passed the Branson's Mosquito Island (Branson is the eccentric owner of Virgin). We learned that it was Branson's birthday the next day, so his resort on Necker Island was packed with guests. The winds picked up to a nice 10 knots, so we raised all sails and cut the engine. Sailings were smooth as we headed out to Tortola, through the channel between the main island and the smaller ones. This channel is the one of the best sailing locations in the world, the trade winds provide a steady sailing wind from the Easterly directions, and the reefs and islands around the channel protect it from big Atlantic swells.
It was about time for dinner, and we covered quite a distance as we spend a total of 5 hours sailing. Charly is both the Captain as well as the Cook. The original plan was to make an Argentinian BBQ outside, but as the weather was still unpredictable, and it rained occasionally we decided to eat inside. We were presented with a very nice pasta with a cold tomato, basil sauce with goat cheese. Normally I am not a big pasta fan, but this one was very nice. We enjoyed our dinner with some champagne and white wine and were quite tired from our fight with the ocean. After some nice mango flambee, we all caught an early night sleep as tomorrow another adventure lies ahead..